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Social Media

Facebook may soon conceal like counter

Published on 09/04/2019 @ 10 AM EST

Like many other social media sites, Facebook is considering hiding the likes counter as a way to encourage people to post more. The goal is to eliminate users feeling bad for getting fewer likes, improving the likelihood that they’ll post more routinely.

Google Calendar to help enforce office hours

Published on 09/04/2019 @ 10 AM EST

Using Working Hours, the app will form an idea of the user’s schedule and warn colleagues about their availability automatically. Previously, this feature had to be manually enabled. When inviting guests in an event, users will see a warning that some colleagues may decline due to other Calendar events.

YouTube to give estimated subscriber count

Published on 08/31/2019 @ 1 AM EST

Starting in September, the video platform will display an abbreviated subscriber count, meaning those with millions will have a decimal, such as 1.56M for 1,563,000. Though a trend among other social media sites, YouTube is facing criticism. Those with under 1,000 subscribers will not see an abbreviation.

Pinterest employs pro-vaccination scheme

Published on 08/29/2019 @ 9 AM EST

When a user searches for vaccines, a health warning about “harmful medical misinformation” appears, alerting the user to limited search results. The only approved results are those from “internationally-recognized health organizations.”

Instagram may create a new messaging app

Published on 08/27/2019 @ 10 AM EST

Reportedly, the social media company is working on Threads, which is meant to encourage constant communication between friends and family members. The app should work alongside Instagram and allow users to share even more information with their close friends.

Google delays shutdown of Hangouts

Published on 08/25/2019 @ 1 AM EST

Originally scheduled to wind down in October 2019, G Suite users will be happy to hear the platform is keeping Hangouts for business users until June 2020, at the earliest. As previously reported, users will be moving to Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet for both chat and video options.